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    • Audi shows their new R18's are a force to be reckoned with a 1-2-3-4 sweep at the Spa 6 hour endurance race

      It does not get any more dominating than this. Talk about showing the world you mean business, a 1-2-3-4 clean sweep for Audi at the 6 hour endurance race at Spa-Francorchamps. The E-tron hybrid R18's were dominating as well finishing in 2nd and 4th. This goes to show they are the real deal and hold up in an endurance race. A 6 hour race however is not quite the same as the 24 Hours of Le Mans but this does prove the E-tron cars are going to be ready to compete when the big show rolls around in June.

      This race was the second round of the FIA world endurance championship. This race was also the debut for the E-tron which is the world's first hybrid diesel race car.

      Result:

      1 Dumas/Duval/Gené (Audi R18 ultra), 160 laps in 6h 00.22m708s
      2 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) + 46.801s
      3 Bonanomi/Jarvis (Audi R18 ultra) – 1 lap
      4 Capello/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) – 1 lap








      Quotes after the race


      Dieter Gass (Head of Racing Commitments):
      "We’re very happy with this result. On the whole, it couldn’t have gone any better, even though the situation became a bit unpredictable toward the end. We suffered punctures on two cars because obviously after the numerous accidents some sharp debris was on the track. Technically, the cars ran without any problems throughout the six hours. That was an important step in our preparation for Le Mans. I want to thank the squad after a very tough preparation period. This is the nicest reward one could wish for.”

      Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest):

      "We celebrated a 1-2-3-4 victory and learned a lot with the four cars and different tire strategies. Our four cars finished without any technical problems. Audi’s decision to opt for two concepts proved to be right. The R18 e-tron quattro is a strong car but the R18 ultra, too, has certain advantages. But there’ll be quite a few more things coming with the R18 e-tron quattro in the future. This was the first race with the hybrid car that ultimately finished in second and fourth place. ‘Well done’ to the winners Romain Dumas, Loïc Duval and Marc Gené and to Oliver Jarvis and Marco Bonanomi too, who drove their first races without making the slightest mistake. It was a good dress rehearsal for Le Mans. I want to thank the squad in these tough and very busy days.”

      Romain Dumas (Audi R18 ultra #3):
      "We had a perfect race. My team-mates and our squad showed a brilliant performance. Our strategy was right on the mark and our fuel consumption was low. That paid off. That way, we increased our advantage. The tires were very good, that’s why I opted not to change tires in the end. That was another reason for our success.”


      Loïc Duval (Audi R18 ultra #3):
      "Today, we experienced a surprise. This was only my second race with Audi but already my first victory. As always, there wasn’t a single problem when I’m sitting in an Audi. The conditions were very difficult in the beginning but the car was fantastic. We had no problems whatsoever. It’s a nice result for Audi to finish on positions one, two, three and four. I’m very happy to be on the very top of the podium.”

      Marc Gené (Audi R18 ultra #3):

      "That was incredible. More was not possible today. Life is full of surprises. On my debut with Audi I clinched my third personal victory at Spa. It was an honest win in difficult conditions. As a driver team, we were well matched; the engineers, the team and the car were perfect. I never believed in taking victory. My goal had been a podium finish.”

      Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1):
      "Sincere congratulations to Audi and car number "3” on taking victory. They did a perfect job and made their decisions at exactly the right moment. We had the pace for winning. A key point in time was a safety car period that separated us from the cars in front and caused us to lose ground from a 15 to a 50 second gap. It was difficult to make up such a gap. After my pit stop a wheel locked once when I hit the brakes. Afterward there were heavy vibrations and I was no longer in contention for victory. I secured second place in order to score important points for the World Championship. To avoid a puncture I had new wheels fitted just to be on the safe side."

      André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1):

      "A fantastic race for Audi with a 1-2-3-4 victory. When I was sitting in the car at the beginning of the race in the rain I particularly enjoyed the technology of the R18 e-tron quattro. Even though the technology is brand new it functioned superbly. Unfortunately, we didn’t keep the lead but we’re still in a learning phase. On the whole, though, it was a nice beginning before the really big challenge, the Le Mans 24 Hours.”

      Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1):

      "Second place on the debut of the hybrid vehicle is a good result. The car was running absolutely perfectly – a good sign for the future. Our Audi R18 e-tron quattro was really very good in the rain. When track was drying off and I was in the cockpit the car developed a tendency to understeer. That cost us a lot of time in the battle with car number "3.” But we’re only at the beginning with this new concept.”

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Audi finishes 1th, 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 6 hours of Spa Franchorchamps. started by DavidV View original post